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Thursday, 4 April, 2002, 19:08 GMT 20:08 UK
Stabbed murder victim named
Police in Leslie Close
Police sealed off Leslie Close in Swindon
Detectives have named a 25-year-old man who was stabbed to death in a Swindon street.

He was Matthew John Hornsby from the Swindon area.

Mr Hornsby died after two incidents involving two groups of people in the Freshbrook area on Wednesday night.

The first incident happened near Freshbrook Village centre at about 2100 BST involving two men and a woman and four men driving a Vauxhall Carlton car.

Matthew Hornsby
Murder victim Matthew Hornsby

Mr Hornsby was discovered after a second incident 30 minutes later in nearby Leslie Close and is believed to have involved the same two groups of people.

He was taken to the town's Princess Margaret Hospital but doctors were unable to save his life.

Two men have been arrested and are being questioned at Swindon Central Police Station.

A police spokesman said: "The victim was the subject of an assault and collapsed on the street.

"Local residents found the man lying on the ground and police and paramedics were called to the scene."

A post-mortem examination has revealed that Mr Hornsby died from a single stab wound to his liver.

Police are appealing for help in identifying the occupants of the silver-coloured Carlton car and are asking anyone who saw either of the incidents to come forward.


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